I would like to know how many paramedics performed endotracheal intubation each year between the years 2013- 2018 and how many unsuccessful attempts were recorded each year.
In addition, I would like to know how many paramedics favoured the use of I-gel supraglottic airway device each year between the years 2013- 2018 and how many unsuccessful attempts were recorded each year.
To locate and collate this information the Trust would have to look into all relevant Patient Care Records as this is where this information would be recorded. The Trust has determined that this would take over the 18 hour limit laid down in the Freedom of Information Act, therefore we are applying exemption s.12 to this request.
Information on how much training is provided to EASTT paramedics in order to learn and maintain advanced airway skills would be greatly beneficial. Also I would like to know is there a set standard that paramedics must reach to be deemed as having adequate intubation skills?
EEAST staff come into the Trust with university training/hospital placements. We are currently reviewing intubation as an organisation. No defined standard is used nationally, to support evidence of ongoing currency an airway skills log has been launched and mandated for Paramedics.
I understand that recently an airways log has been introduced to frontline practice in order to record the airway skill competency of paramedics. Who was this implemented by and for what reason?
This was as an output of a regulation 28 coroners ruling and subsequent response to HM Coroner by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE). This was drafted and released by the clinical team. A 10% sample size of Paramedic Airway Logs are reviewed on an annual basis